Performance evaluations are found in all aspects of life. In school, students are graded on homework and exams. In the workplace, there are continuous performance reviews. But with sports, there aren’t any standards or metrics to be graded on, which has created a grey area on best practices and techniques on how to effectively provide constructive feedback to develop athletic skills. In this guide, we outline how to give athletes your best with great evaluations.
Sports are becoming increasingly more competitive, putting additional pressure on coaches and trainers at all levels. Along with developing your athletes, the business aspect of the profession can be just as grueling. Between daily practices, developing strength and conditioning programs, administrative tasks, and added pressure to produce results, coaches and trainers are feeling more and more burnt out. Fortunately, there are ways these individuals can avoid the stress and successfully recover when experiencing symptoms of a burnout.
Seasons begin at the first open tryout. The evaluations and feedback at tryouts are perhaps the most influential part of any team’s season. Sports tryouts don’t determine the success of a team, but if done correctly, can fast track to a championship. Address these areas to create an effective, efficient, and enjoyable tryout session.
For kids, summer offers a much needed break from the daily responsibility of sitting in class and doing homework. Too often, however, this means more screen time. We’ve put together a variety of ways that will help you get kids the off the couch and enjoying fitness-related activities.
As someone in business for sports, I naturally gravitated towards the many inspirational anecdotes and motivation stories, in relating my own coaching and business experiences. The purpose of this post is to summarize the core teachings of Vince Lombardi’s advice from his motivational talks in the 1960’s and to empower you and your leadership team as you continue to find ways to drive success everyday in your sports business.
In a technology age, people flock to the internet to search for answers, locate nearby businesses, socialize with friends, and shop online. It’s crucial for your youth sports business to remain current in your digital strategy, especially if you want to attract local or corporate sponsors. Here are 3 best practices to follow to increase your online presence and secure a sponsorship for your youth sports organization.
Incidents and injuries happen in sports and fitness, and it’s important to have procedures in place for your employees to follow when situations arise. Having structured response guidelines allows your business to standardize the reaction to all incidents and maintain a high-level response related to customer safety.
Youth sports have and will continue to play a huge role in the development of character traits like leadership, work ethic, being disciplined, and more. Giving kids an effective foundation for growth and development for future roles in adulthood is something that can be taught in youth sports.
Recently, the topic of participation trophies, the physical trophy awarded to youth athletes for participating in their sports program, league or organization, has been a topic of divisive debate. So the question: Do you believe participants should receive a trophy for simply participating? There are defensible arguments on both sides, which I will highlight here. My answer, in case you wish to skip to the chase and not read the rest, is: Participation trophies are dependent on the core values behind the desire to award them, providing meaning to your definition of what participation, trophy, victory and success means. Before I spoil you with my core values and definitions, let’s outline the positive arguments on both sides.